U.S. Department of Labor Partnership in Connecticut Promotes Workplace Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Partnership in Connecticut Promotes Workplace Safety

New Haven partnership aims to enhance worker safety on College St. construction projects.

OSHA, Dimeo Construction Co., CONN-OSHA and the New Haven Building Trades signed a partnership agreement to promote worker safety and health on the 101 College St. and 100 College St. Pedestrian Bridge construction projects of New Haven, according to a press release.

This partnership will focus on hazards related to falls, electricity, struck-by objects, noise, silica, air contaminants and materials handling equipment. The partners will encourage contractors to improve safety and health programs, as well. They will also provide programs and training to all workers, employers and supervisors.

“Safety doesn't occur in a vacuum. The participants in this partnership are working together to achieve our common goals of maximizing safe and healthful work practices and minimizing hazards, injuries and illnesses throughout the life of these projects,” said OSHA Area Director Steven Biasi in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The 101 College St. Project involves a 12-story building construction to house research offices and two sub-levels for parking. The 100 College St. Pedestrian Bridge project will construct two new pedestrian bridges. The North Bridge will cross all the way through the Martin Luther King Boulevard; the South Bridge will span through South Frontage Road.

OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations and other stakeholders to establish specific goals as well as performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

About the Author

Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety magazine.

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